Election Commission certifies Aug. 2 balloting results

By AUTUMN HUGHES
Posted 8/9/18

The Bradley County Election Commission certified the results of the Aug. 2 election, which included the Bradley County General Election, Tennessee State Primary Election, Cleveland City Election and Charleston City Election.

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Election Commission certifies Aug. 2 balloting results

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The Bradley County Election Commission certified the results of the Aug. 2 election, which included the Bradley County General Election, Tennessee State Primary Election, Cleveland City Election and Charleston City Election.

Election commissioners met Wednesday to certify the election and hear an independent report about the tabulation procedure. They reviewed the election results and signed documentation on the election.

Joe Reed, a certified public accountant with Roach & Reed, P.C., presented the procedure report for the Aug. 2 elections.

“There were no differences in any of our votes per test, votes per tabulation in our program,” Reed said. “The testing is exactly what we had hoped for.”

In his written report to the election commission, Reed noted that “a detailed test was performed on four Election Day precincts and one early vote site. The precincts and site were selected individually by the five (election) commissioners.”

Among Reed’s notes are the following items:

• When the tabulation program was tested the ballot showed for the Charleston City Commission election was a “vote for two” format. Before early voting started the election commission determined it was a “vote for one” format. The program was changed by the election commission to the correct format.

“The program was not tested after this revision,” Reed noted.

• At E.L. Ross Elementary School a voter was issued the ballot application No. 0418 but did not sign the poll list.

“If the above information is considered, the ballots per tabulation, protective counters, poll lists, and ballot applications will still not agree,” the report stated.

Reed noted he votes at this precinct and suggested the ballot application table could be moved closer to the entrance to help avoid confusion.

• At Blue Springs, the voters issued ballot application numbers 0042 and 0064 did not sign the poll list.

“If the above information is considered, the ballots per tabulation, protective counters, poll lists, and ballot applications will agree,” the report stated.

Reed also said there were two more ballots on the poll list at Stuart Elementary School than actual votes cast.

“Somebody could have passed by the ballot application desk and gone straight to the poll list,” Reed said, adding or someone may have signed in but had to leave before they had the opportunity to vote. “It took two acts to accomplish what’s appearing here.”

Reed speculated two voters could have bypassed the ballot applications and two voters could have left without voting.

“There’s no way we can know that exact answer,” Reed said.

Election Commissioner Duane Gilbert clarified that “no race was affected, nothing changed by being two (votes) off.” Reed confirmed that is the case.

“We’re lucky it wasn’t a two-vote race then,” Election Commission Cristy Schuch said.

Reed said it was a long ballot but, overall, things went smoothly. “I think you can take pride in that,” he told the election commissioners.

“What you do gives me peace of mind,” Schuch told Reed.

Reed also noted that during his review “we didn’t have to go pull a (voting) machine this time.” He added it is “very rare” that when they review tabulation cards that they don’t have to get information off a machine.

Election commissioners accepted the report and approved Reed’s fee request of $4,995.


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